|Birth name||Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend|
|Also known as||Bijou Drains|
|Born||19 May 1945|
Chiswick, London, England
|Genres||Rock, hard rock, power pop, progressive rock, British beat, jazz|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer-songwriter, composer, musical arranger, author|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica, keyboards|
|Labels||Track, Polydor, Atlantic, Atco, Decca, Rykodisc, Warner Bros.|
|Associated acts||The Who, Deep End, Ronnie Lane, Thunderclap Newman|
|Website||The Who's official webpage|
Townshend is the primary songwriter for The Who and has written over one hundred songs for the band's eleven studio albums including the rock operas "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia" and the popular rock radio staple "Who's Next." Although known mainly as a guitarist he is also an accomplished singer and keyboard player and has played many other instruments including: banjo, accordion, bass guitar and drums.
Townshend has also written many newspaper and magazine articles, books, book reviews, essays and scripts. Townshend was ranked #3 in Dave Marsh's list of best guitarists in "The New Book of Rock Lists" and #50 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."